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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

Introduction


In Android-land, a good smartphone is more often than not a large smartphone. Screens of 5 inches and above dominate the high-end segment, meaning that anyone who wants the very best must learn to live with a handset of not-so-pocket-friendly proportions. However, there is a handful of smartphones that pack lots and lots of bang in a small, compact package – a combo sought after by a considerable fraction of users. And right now, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini are among the best specimens fitting the description.

On one hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini seem to have a lot in common. They are both compact, easy to handle, equipped with 4.3-inch screens, and rich in terms of features. That makes ranking one of them above the other rather tricky. But the more we play with these two minis, the more differences between them we can list. In fact, we can pretty much give you a clear picture as to which smartphone you'd be more satisfied with, depending on your needs and preferences. Read on to learn more.


Design


We can't deny it: the HTC One mini is the better-looking handset among the two. It isn't leading by miles, but we'd still give it our beauty award any day as we're quite fond of its seamless unibody construction and premium metallic design. As for the plastic-made Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, it definitely catches the eye, but it simply lacks the One mini's character.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (left) and the HTC One mini (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (left) and the HTC One mini (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (left) and the HTC One mini (right)


Both smartphones are narrow enough to be used very comfortably with a single hand. However, the Galaxy S4 mini is a little bit easier to handle – it isn't as tall as the HTC One mini and its screen is positioned closer to the bottom edge. In other words, the furthest side of the S4 mini's screen is closer to the user's thumb, which makes it easier to reach.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches
124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm
3.77 oz (107 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

HTC One mini
5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches
132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm
4.30 oz (122 g)

HTC One mini

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Front cameras and earpieces - The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (right) and the HTC One mini (left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
Android buttons - The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (right) and the HTC One mini (left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

Front cameras and earpieces

Android buttons

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (right) and the HTC One mini (left)


The power and volume buttons on the HTC One mini – positioned on the top and right edge respectively – lack travel and don't provide much feedback. Reaching the power key is frustratingly hard since it is usually too far away from the user's index finger. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, on the other hand, comes with an excellent set of physical buttons. All of them are easy to reach and respond with an easy-to-feel click.

Right sides - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (top, right) and the HTC One mini (bottom, left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
Left - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (top, right) and the HTC One mini (bottom, left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
Top - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (top, right) and the HTC One mini (bottom, left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

Right sides

Left

Top

Bottom - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (top, right) and the HTC One mini (bottom, left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (top, right) and the HTC One mini (bottom, left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
Rear cameras - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (top, right) and the HTC One mini (bottom, left) - Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

Bottom

 

Rear cameras

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (top, right) and the HTC One mini (bottom, left)




Display


That the HTC One mini has the better screen is as clear as day. While both displays have the same area and share a diagonal size of 4.3 inches, the HTC One mini's panel delivers much higher resolution and pixel density – 720 by 1280 pixels vs 540 by 960 pixels for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. And the difference is easy to notice when the two smartphones are put side by side. Anything from text in web pages to the pictures in the image gallery is sharper, more detailed, and easier to make out on the HTC One mini due to the higher pixel count.

Color fidelity is also better on the HTC One mini. Its Super-LCD3 screen displays very accurate hues across the entire spectrum, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, packing a Super AMOLED screen, tends to boost color saturation, albeit not by much. We're also very pleased with the One mini's outdoor visibility. Its screen is brighter and reflects only a fraction of the light that hits it. The display on the Galaxy S4 mini has a low reflectance rating as well, but it isn't as bright, which makes it not as easy to see under broad daylight.

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posted on 29 Aug 2013, 04:23 4

1. boosook (Posts: 1069; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Very simple bottom line: the S4 mini is for geeks, who will value the number of megapixels, the higher cpu frequency and amount of ram, the better results in benchmarks and the SD card slot. The One Mini is for everyday users, who will benefit from the better readability of the screen, smoother interface, better sound quality (both in the earpiece and with the dual speakers) and premium design and materials.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 04:33 5

2. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Wait, WHAT? Which particular GEEK would buy the S4 mini?! It would be a shame to consider yourself a geek with the Galaxy! The mini versions from Samsung are made for women. And before anyone gets offended almost every woman I know (incl. my own mother) is drooling herself over the S3 or S4 mini ads. On the other hand if I wanted to show off it would be with HTC's features (HD display, Beats, BoomSound etc.).

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 04:43 1

4. skyline88 (Posts: 340; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


not every man/male has got BIG hands/palms, what if the geek is a 8-year-old school kid?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 04:53

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Do you realize that talk goes about HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and they both has 4.3 inch screens and overall similar dimensions.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:29 3

26. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Displays are same size , but not the devices. HTC makes as usual bricks.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 11:30 2

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Displays are same size , but not the devices."

Does I have said that devices are the same size?

I have said:
"they both has 4.3 inch screens and overall SIMILAR dimensions."

"HTC makes as usual bricks."

HTC One Mini: 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm

How is that "brick" ?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 04:48 2

5. maccess (Posts: 632; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


so you think beats and boomsound is for the geeks?? you're jocking right?? feature wise s4 mini much more suite for geeks actually.. you know geeks like features not beats audio..

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 05:26 1

13. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


Thanks you have offended me, i use the S4 mini and I am a boy. oh wait. you ain't human. You're just some random Cyanogen mod mascot.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:35 1

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Are you drunk?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:09 1

25. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


You probably understood me wrong. I myself loved the idea of the S4 mini because it's close to the perfect screen size/performance/features ratio and would have used it myself if it wasn't for the ridiculous price compared to the Nexus 4. It's just a trend amongst women (at least where I live) and the second choice to a white iPhone 4s/5.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:33

32. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Let's talk about cameras, shall we? People value the "QUALITY", but because of some manufacturers, they think higher megapixels are higher quality. This is wrong but HTC FAILED to prove that. The pictures are average but not great. I would buy the HTC One Mini but the S4 Mini had me in the camera department. Also, I find touchwiz slightly more attractive.
Stock Android FTW.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 04:34 3

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I would choose HTC One mini.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 04:52 4

6. Tcool (Posts: 39; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


I go for HTC One Mini, I like stereo sounds both loud speakers and headphones.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:35

27. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Front speakers are BS. They sound a bit lowder but like tweeters when speakers a so small. No bass.
When, with back speakers you make bass-reflex-box with your hand when hold it, and have much more bass
Learn a little about acoustuc , or check it out.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 05:03 2

8. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


hmmm its a tough one but the one is for me!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 05:05 6

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2767; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Both are craps, Xperia ZR is better than these.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 05:20 4

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


hardly c**p but i do like the ZR

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 05:12 1

10. calim (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


What about the Sony SP? Or the ZR if you're willing to go one step larger.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 07:44

18. boosook (Posts: 1069; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


SP is much bigger. These are for people that consider pocketability THE most important thing. Otherwise, it's clear that there are many better choices (in Sony, the SP or even better the ZL).

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:34

21. buccob (Posts: 1533; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Actually the HTC One Mini and the Xperia ZR are very similar in size... the One Mini is just a little narrower and slimmer.... but pocketability is basically the same...

On the other hand, screen buttons on the ZR makes the screen to be smaller than 4.3" except for multimedia

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/HTC-One-mini,Sony-Xperia-ZR/phones/7702,7845

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 05:22 3

12. Alex123 (Posts: 227; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


And the price here One mini is US$520 >>S4 mini $375
HTC will never ever know how to manage selling product that is why Samsung deserve the best android seller.
One mini just has a better display and resolution with aluminum body, beside that S4 mini better in all aspects.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 06:09 1

14. o0Exia0o (Posts: 427; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


What about these 2 vs the droid mini? I thank that the droid mini would win even with all of the VZW bloat on it.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 06:10 2

15. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


sony xperia ZR faaaaar better than these 2

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 07:42

17. boosook (Posts: 1069; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The ZR is not small compared to its screen size, the ZL is. Anyway, both are bigger.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:36

23. buccob (Posts: 1533; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


the ZR is actually quite similar to the HTC One Mini in size...

But you are correct the ZL is much more impressive for its screen size...

though the ZR would be in a more competitive price range

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/HTC-One-mini,Sony-Xperia-ZR/phones/7702,7845

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 07:30 3

16. TechFreak (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Clearly One Mini is the better phone!!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 08:02 1

19. newbey123 (Posts: 446; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


One Mini hands down

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 08:34 2

20. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


HTC one is clearly the winner in PA's review, but its the opposite on GSMarena.

either way, id probably chose the ONE mini, but i have a feeling the standby time on the galaxy mini is alot better.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:05 1

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5632; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


doesn't matter, the Droid Mini kills these.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 12:05

29. hboy857 (Posts: 228; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Good review.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 14:49

30. phonepro (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


tbh if today I didn't tell you the cpu frequency of the two devices, could you really feel the difference between the 1.7 GHz and 1.5? What I am saying is the difference between the speed in the two devices is probably not caused because of the CPU but the resolution like you mentioned. seriously i think the 1.7 on the S4 mini is just to make the geeks feel better rlly doubt you could feel the difference between the 1.5

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:29

31. gigaraga (Posts: 1357; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


The S4 Mini is better than the One on almost every aspect, and the SP and ZR suck, they don't even compare to these two.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 22:01

33. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


xperia Z1 MINI all the way!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 22:02

34. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


nothing more nothing else....

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 22:18

35. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)


In my opinion, anyone who hav opted for either of these devices are blindly ignorant!! I'm still having a hard time believing the fact that these 2 phones are priced similar to Xperia Z (US$500).

As a regular consumer, I would save my hard earned money and spend it wisely on either Xperia SP (USD305), Xperia ZL(US$440), Xperia ZR (US$480) or Xperia Z (US$520).

Even when u just compare these 2 against Xperia SP which is almost $200 cheaper, U can clearly see Xperia wins hands down!

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 12:34

36. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


sony fan are the ignorant.
in here xperia SP cost 399$, xperia Z 610$ drop 100$ from 710$, xperia ZL 540$ and xperia ZR not here yet so i dont know the price.
as a regular consumer i will read this first: Xperia-SP-WIFI-range-ISSUE
there are alot other option like LG L9 2 or optimus G or galaxy S3 or lenovo k900 which still cheaper than xperia z zl zr series and still give good performance and without wifi bug :D and bad wide angle visibility.
i stop using sony when they charged me 200$ for repairing my one month old xperia GO, they should sell it without warranty.
u can clearly see sony xperia is not winning anywhere with bad service center.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 01:22

38. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Dude I myself is an owner of Xperia SP, bought 2 months ago for US$307 and so far has no issues regarding WiFi, it works like charm everyday.

LG and Lenovo r not widespread here so can't expect good service quality. S3 is stil US$60 more expensive than SP. And btw, all the prices I stated are retail prices from local retailers, not from Sony showroom. I never bought any phones Sony showroom, too expensive with slow service.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 16:05 1

37. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 199; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


only htc one very nice and feel great best design and best material wow best display

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:38

39. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)


samsung is getting boring it uses the same old and dull design always

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 17:28

40. tylerburns117 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


The HTC one for sure its a great phone and the speakers are great and there is this Kickstarter project with matching charger cables for all the new smartphones. On kickstarter search JUICIES+

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